I worked in
for too few years back in the seventies.
My office was in a theatre building right at Broadway and Yamhill. You just couldn’t be more “downtown.” Portland
had the distinction of always having a vibrant central core, thanks to right
thinking city fathers that in my opinion gave politics a good name. Portland
after too long an absence was a very pleasant experience. Nearly everything discussed for the future of
Portland in the
seventies has in fact, come to fruition.
There is a blend of new and old in everything, architecture, population,
wealth and not so wealthy, and personal space that really works in this
Elena and I didn’t have as much time as we would have liked, but we took a great walk, ate from one of the many food booths located downtown and vowed that we have to return. Here are a few random photographs of our time in
Probably at a purely emotional level, I have always admired the brass letters & numbers used in great buildings. This brass 320 just jumped out crying “take my picture!”
A vibrant downtown has to be all things to all kinds of people. This door caught my eye because of the discriminatory phrasing but also, the little parking lot was full of believe it or not, “mini-vans.” Wish I had the time to see who is coming out of this place.
The joy of studying the buildings in a city is taking the time to let individual elements soak in to your vision. I walked by several of these light fixtures until it finally sunk in just how interesting the light plays out from the fixture.
building, built in 1890 has such a wonderful design and history. Look it up in Google to get the history and
overview pictures. I found this over a
side entrance and it seemed to me, to wear its history in all of the holes left
by previous awning and sign installations.
This is the building that housed the agency that coined the Nike shoes
phrase, “Just Do It” Portland
This is a great old building left from the tear down of the block. My curiosity was spiked by the window placement in a formerly covered wall. Very whimsical.
near the waterfront, has a vacant lot that is full of little food booths. Each booth specializes in a food type. There were some duplicates but all in all, it
is like a taste of Portland . Office workers descend on this location for
great food in the open air. This sign
was animated using LED’s and caught my eye. Portland
|Unique fountain at Pioneer square.|
Strong shadows and patterns.
Interesting neon sign.
Row of chairs. The shadows saying:"Place your buts here".
Geometrics of a bicycle.